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Subject/Keyword
Hung Gar
kung fu
school
master
student
amateur
kwoon
coach
instructor
club
Olympic
teaching
martial arts
boxing
gong fu
relationship
training
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Owens, Corey
Supervisor and department
DeBernardi, Jean (Anthropology)
Examining committee member and department
DeBernardi, Jean (Anthropology)
Department
Department of Anthropology
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-08-31T14:57:34Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis is an ethnographic comparison of two martial arts training systems, with the goal of discovering what methods martial arts teachers employ to define and negotiate relationships with their students. Informed by the approaches employed by previous martial arts scholars, this study uses participant observation alongside semi-structured and informal interviews to identify important themes of training and teaching in the arts of Hung Gar Kung Fu and Amateur Olympic Boxing. This thesis showed that teacher-student relationships are formed through the activities of student selection, systematized training, and anecdotal guidance, and that these activities are applied in the context of four training structures: the training environment, class organization, the role of teachers in the school, and the formal bow or handshake. Analysis of this data also indicated that this application is influenced by the beliefs and values of the instructor as well as the philosophies of the system being taught.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R39011
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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File title: When entering or exiting a Kung Fu school, referred to as a kwoon or gu��n in Mandarin Chinese, you are expected to bow
File title: When entering or exiting a Kung Fu school, referred to as a kwoon or gu??n in Mandarin Chinese, you are expected to bow
File title: When entering or exiting a Kung Fu school, referred to as a kwoon or gun in Mandarin Chinese, you are expected to bow
File author: Corey Owens
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